Actors take audience on an emotional journey in “A Streetcar Named Desire”

Trinity College School students took on one of the most challenging and emotionally intense plays of the 20th century as they presented Tennessee Williams’ classic, A Streetcar Named Desire, the evenings of November 20th, 21st and 22nd in the Dick and Jane LeVan Theatre.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle for best play, the 1947 drama is set in the post-war city of New Orleans. The story centres on Blanche DuBois (Anastasiia Solovei), a Southern aristocrat who, having lost her home, seeks refuge with her sister Stella (Victoria Wilson) and brother-in-law Stanley (Ross Miller) in their run-down apartment. A fragile and neurotic woman, Blanche is desperate to find a place to call her own, and for a time seems to have done so when she meets Mitch (Jayden Lefebvre). But tensions escalate between Blanche and Stanley, and when they clash the two women are taken in by Eunice (Ava Becker), who owns the apartment building with her husband Steve (Alastair Gray). A drunken Stanley is comforted by his friend, Pablo (Kyle Munns). When Stanley ruins her hopes with Mitch and assaults her, Blanche finally succumbs to her mental illness and is taken into the care of the matron (Kalea Jakic) and doctor (Sophia Bonham-Carter). Rounding out the talented cast were Valentina Conrad (Delivery), Zoe Fingas (Woman) and Madeline Craig-Szilard (Flower Lady). A time-honoured play, A Streetcar Named Desire demands a great deal of its cast, and our actors rose to the occasion, handling the powerful emotional themes with maturity and commitment.

Directed by Mr. Bill Walker and Ms. Jane Morton, this production involved a small, dedicated crew led by stage manager Avery Herr and assistant stage managers Jocelyn Ehlers (also sound operator) and Laura Baleanu (also lighting operator). The running crew consisted of Reese Hudson, Eleanor Hargraft, Angie Zhang, Mika Romao Vandepol, and Sara Yeo and Rati Dube, who also served as front of house managers. Amelia Maggi coordinated costumes, while Valentina Conrad was makeup designer. Past parent Victor Svenningson '74 lent his talents to lighting design. And members of the TCS property department helped create the set, as designed and decorated by Mr. Walker, including: master carpenter Dale Heffernan, scenic painter Mark den Biesen and Mike den Biesen on construction. Finally, the play poster was created by student Paige Lang.

Special thanks go to Bowmanville Wood Products, Inc. and its president, Blair McEwen, as well as the School’s property and culinary services teams for their contributions to this production.